That means banners, that look alike? Creative Copy?
This could have a chilling effect for lead generation online in general, although I'm not sure how to interperet.
I mean, if a copy uses similar tactics to do lead stuff with like, "Win a Free IPOD?" or, "Bill Me Later, but send me Free copies now.." Can that be considered similiar, can companies patent their creatives as well as methods of closing a consumer to signup?
Here is the piece - http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-23-2006/0004265042&EDATE=
I just felt a chill go through some "in-house" dot com legal offices.....
Here is the next memo: (hypothetical)
To : Everyone
Before you run a campaign, Legal must approve all creatives that were done in house.
Mr. or Mrs. General Counsel.